EMC Appoints New CTO to Administer Cloud, Big Data Plans

The 20-year IT veteran will play a key role as the company embarks on its next phase of growth and leadership across three of the most transformative trends in the history of IT—cloud, big data and trusted IT.

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John Roese CTO EMCEMC Corporation announced that 20-year IT industry veteran John Roese has joined the company as chief technology officer. Reporting to Jeremy Burton, executive vice president – product operations and marketing, Roese will play a key role in shaping EMC’s technology strategy as the company embarks on its next phase of growth and leadership across three of the most transformative trends in the history of IT—cloud, big data and trusted IT.

Jeremy Burton said, “John brings to EMC a unique blend of experience spanning the entire breadth of IT systems from silicon all the way up through networking, storage, servers, and virtualization. In addition, he’s directed product development in enterprise, carrier, and consumer markets. At heart, John is a true technologist, but he is also a proven strategist and general manager with extraordinary vision and operational expertise within very large, complex organizations. I am thrilled to welcome John to EMC.”

Roese commented, “The entire IT industry is in a period of rapid evolution towards radically more agile, scalable, and user-centric computing. EMC is ideally positioned in the center of this transformation with core strengths across cloud, big data, and trusted IT. I am excited and energized to join this great company at the beginning of this next exciting chapter for the global technology industry.”

Jeff Nick, who held Roese’s current position for the last eight years, has transitioned to a new CTO role reporting to Paul Maritz, EMC’s chief strategist, and now focuses on big data and emerging applications initiatives.

Roese, with more than 20 years of IT industry leadership experience and 20 granted and pending patents, was most recently senior vice president and general manager of Huawei’s North American R&D organization. He also served as the executive leader of Huawei’s Enterprise Global Competency Center, which provides enterprise technology innovation and incubation as well as sales, marketing, and operations support for Huawei’s enterprise field sales and marketing teams worldwide. Prior to Huawei, he was CTO of Nortel, the senior technology and R&D executive globally for the corporation, with functional responsibility for an R&D staff of 12,000 and an annual budget of US$ 1.7 billion. Prior to Nortel, he was a CTO at Broadcom Corporation, and the CTO, CMO, and CISO of Enterasys Networks. John started his career at Cabletron Systems, where he grew within the company, ultimately becoming the global CTO.

Roese is also founding partner of ICT Advisory Group LLC, apart from being an accomplished author, and frequent keynoter at top industry conferences. He has also served on numerous technology company and industry boards.

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